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The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

has twenty-nine full-time faculty members. In addition to their teaching activities, the faculty are engaged in a wide variety of research projects including manufacturing, mechanical design, energy conservation, materials science, automation and robotics, quality assurance, service systems engineering, human factors engineering, and applications of artificial intelligence to manufacturing. All faculty work with undergraduates.

The department offers the B.S. degrees in both Mechanical Engineering (M.E.) and Industrial Engineering (I.E.), and has an honors option for qualified students. In addition, the department has Ph.D. and Master's programs in ME and I.E. and offers a Masters degree in Manufacturing Engineering. There are approximately 350 undergraduate and 170 graduate students in the Department. In addition to the above programs offered on the Amherst Campus, the department offers a Master's Degree in Engineering Management through the Video-Instruction Program.

The Fields

Mechanical engineers design, analyze, develop and test engineering systems, such as power plants, jet aircraft, prosthetic limbs and windmills, and the myriad components from which they are comprised. Industrial engineers are concerned with the design, installation, analysis and improvement of integrated systems of people, material and equipment. Mechanical and industrial engineers often collaborate in manufacturing engineering to insure that a system of people and manufacturing equipment produce products from a supply of materials and other resources.

Logistics coordination, quality control, simulation, human factors and economics are all part of industrial engineering. Often industrial engineers focus on enhancing the effectiveness of technological and logistics systems by gathering, structuring and managing information. Industrial engineers apply their knowledge not only in industry but also in government, health care, transportation and in many service industries.

Mechanical engineers are engaged in many facets of product and system realization ranging from concept design to production. Along with industrial engineers, they usually determine what gets made and how. It is their task to integrate aspects of mechanical engineering including design, energy, materials and controls to deliver cost effective, quality products. Like industrial engineers, mechanical engineers work in a wide variety of industries and in many types of organizations. Both are employed not only as engineering professionals but also as technical and corporate managers.

The College of Engineering

The College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst offers B.S., M.S.and Ph.D. programs in Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Additionally, the College offers M.S. degrees in environmental engineering and in manufacturing engineering. The College has approximately 100 tenure-track faculty, 1,450 undergraduates, and 450 graduate students. The College is housed in six buildings designed for instruction and research, attracting more than $10 million in research funding to the College each year. There are extensive laboratories and demonstration facilities, including a state of the art Video Instructional Program to deliver graduate instruction to working engineers.

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